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The main focus of the story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the triumph of evil over good A supposedly good man is tempted by evil and allows himself to be converted into a man of evil In this short story the area where the devil resides is in the forest As Goodman Brown sets off on his walk into the forest he believes that there is more good within his community than evil and that he himself is a good man He believes that he will follow his wife to heaven Yet as he talks with his fellow traveler his thoughts are soon swayed Goodman Brown talks of his father and grandfather and how they never went into the woods on such an errand as himself for they were honest men and good Christians Yet his companion tells him of many a sin his relatives had committed and the walks he had taken with them therefore proving to Goodman Brown that his father and grandfather before him were not perfectly innocent good people Goodman Brown says to his companion that the people of New England are a good people of prayer and abide no wickedness Again the traveler returns with comments of the church deacon drinking the communion wine and the town selectmen selling themselves to him and the General Court solidly supporting his interests Goodman Brown cannot believe what he is hearing to be true for he had always thought of his community as decent non-sinning people incapable of wickedness Goodman Brown then says that these peoples ways have no attachment to him and therefore he is not capable of their sinful doings This urges his companion into uncontrollable laughter for he knows that Goodman Brown is as much a sinner as the rest of them although he has yet to realize this Meeting Goody Cloyse in the forest shows that Goodman Brown has been evil all of his life
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